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One of the Department of Political Science's greatest strengths is its thriving intellectual community. We host several different colloquia focusing on a variety of topics: international relations, comparative politics, political theory, political methodology, public policy, political psychology, and gender, sexuality, power, and politics. In these workshops, graduate students and faculty from around the University can share and gain valuable feedback on works in progress. Furthermore, nationally and internationally renowned visiting scholars often present their work at these same workshops.

Comparative Politics Colloquium

The Comparative Politics Colloquium is a forum for conversations about innovative approaches to the study of comparative politics. Each semester, we select several top scholars from a range of disciplines to invite to speak. We also provide a valuable forum for graduate students from within the department to present their work. The Colloquium takes place from 12-1:15pm, Thursdays, in the Benjamin Lippincott Seminar Room, 13th Floor, Social Sciences Building, University of Minnesota. Contact us at

The Politics of Land: Property, Colony, Ecology

This year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, and directed by Professors Nancy Luxon, Robert Nichols, and Jean O'Brien (History). The seminar seeks to develop an integrated approach to the politics of land, framed by three themes: property, colony, and ecology. The seminar will include two public lectures, seminar discussions, and workshop discussions with invited scholars.

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Political Theory Colloquium

The Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium meets in the Lippincott Room, 1314 Social Sciences Building.

Every year, graduate students in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota put together a schedule of academic sessions relevant to political theory, in the form of paper presentations, roundtable discussions, and reading groups. Presenters are graduate students, department faculty, faculty from other cognate departments at the university, other local college faculty (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Hamline, etc), and the occasional out-of-town guest. Past guests have included Charles Mills, Linda Zerrilli, Ernesto Laclau, Amitai Etzioni, Wendy Brown, Bonnie Honig, and Nicholas Xenos.

For more information on the colloquium and the current schedule, please visit the website:

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium

Minnesota International Relations Colloquium (MIRC) is a series of informal seminars and presentations organized by University of Minnesota graduate students of International Relations. Since 1997, MIRC has served as an on-going forum for Minnesota students and faculty, and guests from other colleges and universities, to participate in academically informed and political engaged conversations about theoretical and practical issues pertaining to international and global politics.

For more information, view the Minnesota International Relations Colloquium website.

Public Policy Speaker Series

In political science, the field of public policy is characterized by a general interest in substantive policy formulation and implementation and by significant cross-subfield interaction. Its substantive focus overlaps with scholarly research in American politics, comparative politics, and international relations, and its practitioners embrace a diverse array of approaches to the study of the policymaking process. All of this research is linked together by a central set of concepts and an effort to develop generalizations that are applicable to a wide range of political contexts. The overarching goal of the Public Policy Speaker Series is to highlight the intellectual breadth and vitality of this field of political science by hosting periodic talks in which leading scholars from outside the department present their cutting-edge research.

Gender, Sexuality, Power and Politics Colloquium

The Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquium is a collaboration between the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. We seek to create a space where scholars from across the university can come together to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, power and politics beyond the scope of their respective fields of study.

For more information, view the Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquium website.


The goal of the Political Methodology Colloquium is to provide a venue for the discussion of methodologically informed political science research. Each semester we invite a number of top scholars and graduate students from the University of Minnesota and the outside scholarly community to present on research topics related to either (1) political and social science methodology or (2) the application of these methods to questions of interest to political science at large.

American Politics Colloquium

The American Politics Colloquium provides a venue for presentations of new and innovative work relating to political institutions, public policies, and mass political behavior in American politics. The Colloquium hosts several top scholars in the field throughout the year to present their latest work. In addition, the colloquium serves as a forum for Minnesota graduate students to present their on-going work and engage in substantive and methodological conversations pertaining to their work and current issues in American politics.